Mountain States Medicinal Plants
Review and Give Away!
I am so very lucky to be as young as I am, to have grown up without easy access to the internet, but having had unlimited access to it since college has been a very large part of my education. I often have had a hard time finding obscure herbal information in books, since many books haven’t been easily accessible at libraries and book stores… until recently.
This last 5-10 years has seen an explosion of wonderful books on herbalism, written not only by those practicing for the last 30 years, who are often stuck in their ways, with older books not citing the newest research, and also by new herbalists with good experience, who have studied with the masters, but taken their own, individual path of herbalism.
I have known Briana Wiles for years, she is an amazing herbalist and wild-crafter located in Gunnison Colorado. She owns two herb shops, one in Gunnison, and one in Crested Bute. Most of the ingredients in her products are ethically wild harvested in the rocky mountains. I really should do a review on her products at some point, because they are YUM. You can check out her web store until then.
Briana studied with Jim McDonald, a wonderfully talented and heart centered herbalist, in Michigan before she moved to the Rockies. The interwoven approach of science and “woo”, along with both historical and experiential has definitely influenced her writing.
Mountain States Medicinal Plants is Brianas second book. Her first was Mountain States Foraging published in 2016. In Mountain States Foraging Briana discusses the edible wild plants that grow in the Mountain West, from wild asparagus to crab apple, to cottonwood, she discusses how to identify, harvest, and prepare each food.
Mountain States Medicinal Plants is a wonderful companion to her first book.
“In Mountain States Medicinal Plants, Briana Wiles is your trusted guide to finding, identifying, harvesting, and using 120 of the region’s most powerful wild plants. You’ll learn how to safely and ethically forage and how to use wild plants in herbal medicines including teas, tinctures, and salves. Plant profiles include clear, color photographs, identification tips, medicinal uses and herbal preparations, and harvesting suggestions. Lists of what to forage for each season makes the guide useful year-round. Thorough, comprehensive, and safe, this is a must-have for foragers, naturalists, and herbalists in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, and northern Nevada.” – from Amazon
Brianas ability to weave her knowledge, with those who have come before, in a seamless description of 100 wonderful medicinal herbs in the south west is something you don’t see in many plant identification books. The fact that she includes full sized detailed colored photos, warns about toxic look alike plants, and includes her years of experience foraging in the Mountain West makes this book one that every herbalist in the West should own.
Let’s not forget her wonderful recipes of medicinal preparations for each herb. That is knowledge that many of us have paid a lot of money for.
She also includes wonderfully useful information like the season in which you will find each herb, and useful harvesting techniques.
We are giving away a copy of Mountain States Medicinal Plants to one lucky reader!
But first, don’t forget our sale!
Instead of having a “Black Friday” sale, this week I want to give thanks to you, my readers, customers, clients and friends. I will be hosting 7 giveaways this week, one a day, each expires 7 days after it starts. These will be herbal books, resources, and goodies from my self, and other herbalists who are amazing.
I am also offering 25% off of all of the products in the store, including past magazine issues, salves, bath salts, classes, gift sets and more! You can use the coupon code thankyou in the shop for 25% off!
50% off magazine subscriptions using coupon code NHLMLOVE
15% off of herb box subscriptions using coupon code NHLMBOXLOVE
10% of all sales made from November 22nd – November 30th will be donated to Seeding Sovereignty